Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Take Your Marks...
It's time for a change in my life. I am tired of being out of shape to the point of deciding to do something about it. Recent health issues with several family members have caused me to realize that my procrastination about fitness needs to come to an end. Now.
My friend Sara (who recently completed her first marathon)has been quietly encouraging me to become a runner. Frankly I think runners are a bit odd. Of course this from someone who used to keep bees as a hobby and now ties flies to fish with. Draw your own conclusions.
I am amazed that anyone could become so addicted to running. It's pretty boring...I only used to do it because the football or baseball coach made me. It was a means to an end...but not an activity to pursue in of itself.
But Sara is addicted, and since I trust her judgment on many other things (she introduced me to my bride, Caymus Conundrum, and sushi), I decided to stow my objections and give running a try.
Today was my first day of training. I am using a method espoused by running guru Jeff Galloway, that promotes pain free running by including walking intervals in your run. Galloway also stresses lots of rest and very slow increases in distance or speed. So far so good.
I began today with his conditioning program...but in typical Mark fashion, it seemed too tame, so I jumped in at the level recommended for week 6. Week 1 day 1 was a 10 minute run/walk, running for 5 seconds and walking for 55 seconds. Please. I walk farther than that to the refrigerator. I wanted something a bit more manly.
So I did a 30 minute run/walk, running 15 seconds, walking 45. It felt great both during and after the run. But tonight I am having some knee pain...a sign I overdid it. So I will drop back to a lower level (curses!). Tomorrow I will just do a 15 minute walk...and hope the senior citizens don't run me over with their walkers.
What does this have to do with fishing or hunting? Everything. The more fit I am, the longer I can enjoy these pursuits. I don't know that I will become addicted or run a marathon. Right now I am focusing on just improving my conditioning, and maybe training for a 5K, as a way to motivate my training. I'll keep you posted from time to time on my progress as a newbie to running.